I noticed several attacks on Katie Couric recently for the show she presented on Gardasil. Infowars nicely sums up what is going on.
The establishment media was thrown into a tizzy when Katie Couric on Wednesday used her daytime TV platform to interview distraught mothers who blamed their daughters’ deaths on the HPV vaccine Gardasil.
Following her December 4 episode, scores of publications went into PR mode in defense of Big Pharma, launching vicious coordinated attacks on Couric for daring to question the vaccine’s efficacy.
“Vaccine Disinformation: Katie Couric on HPV and Jenny McCarthy on Autism,” the Washington Times dutifully spewed out. “Has Couric Lost Her Cred on HPV?” asked a writer at the Daily Beast, as if the TV personality ever had “cred” on vaccines to begin with. And the Atlantic Wire did its part with a headline that read, “Katie Couric Feeds the HPV Vaccine ‘Controversy.’”
They left out Slate’s contribution: “Katie Couric Hands Her Show Over To Anti-Vaccine Alarmists.”
Infowars does us the service of showing us how the CDC has scrubbed records of its past misdeeds (which all then had the aura of “science” around them).
One would expect that a news source would get a trained medical specialist to deprogram us from Couric’s hysteria, but no. The only writer with any association with something that could be called “medical” or “science” was Paul Mountjoy who basically runs a blog on one of the Washington Times communities pages. He calls it, “Steps to Authentic Happiness via Positive Psychology.” You can decide how much weight to give his expertise.
The other three writers are simply writers and editors. The Daily Beast’s Anna Brand’s other titles are things like, “Why I can’t stop watching ‘Elf’” and other TV and movie reviews. Allie Jones’ repertoire for the Atlantic Weekly consists of such intellectual treats as “Lame Bloggers Disinvited From Fashion Week” and “Five Best Friday Columns.” Amanda Marcotte, in addition to writing for Slate, we are told, “is a Brooklyn-based writer and DoubleX contributor. She also writes regularly for the Daily Beast, Alternet, and USA Today.”
None of this means that Katie Couric’s news show was accurate and that these writers are inaccurate. It simply means that all of them have to rely on witnesses. As far as I can tell, Couric interviewed several people and her critics have responded with CDC talking points. Of course, when the CDC pronouncements are sited, they are typically introduced as, for example, “Here’s a bit of scientific perspective…” The CDC is now the Voice Of Science.
What is most telling is how Couric’s critics think it is simply the job of a news show to assure the audience of the current consensus. There can be no minority opinions . Couric is guilty of presenting advocates for and opponents of Gardasil in “a ratio that wildly underplays how dominant the pro-vaccination opinion is in the medical profession.” So in a forty-minute show, Couric is only doing real news if she calls on establishment sources for 39 and a half of those minutes.
I have not yet found one writer who merely disagrees with Couric and makes a case for the safety of Gardasil (let alone that we should allow the government to force medication upon us against our wills). In every case, they accuse her of sin. She is spreading doubt about the god of Scientific Consensus and his only prophet, the CDC.
Sorry. Surprisingly, though I have no definitive opinion on the safety of Gardasil, I’m on the side of team Couric on this one.